Six Hair Products that Rocked My World

Let me set  the scene. I am newly natural and I’m perusing every blog and YouTube channel on the web.  (Picture me. Glued to the screen. Watching and reading intensely. ) I watch/read tutorial after tutorial and absolutely LOVE the results. The only problem is… with every tutorial, they layered about 10 products onto their hair and I had no idea which product garnered such great results. So of course, I began to to do product research  — which was very overwhelming, by the way. I looked up the benefits of particular ingredients and looked up reviews of specific products. Slowly, I started to unveil products that totally rocked my world!  These products caused major breakthroughs in my natural hair journey.  Earth shattering breakthroughs!  So now I’m sharing them with you.  Keep in mind, I’m not sharing all the products in my arsenal… just the products that are irreplaceable.  These products may or may not work for you, because everyone’s hair is different. But they are so amazing, I just had to share.

1. Avocado Oil

I used to be a jojoba oil kind of girl. It was my go to sealant for quite some time. In fact, it played double duty as an eye makeup remover.  Then the jojoba oil shortage hit, and  prices skyrocketed.  Originally, $5-6 for 4 oz., the price of jojoba oil jumped to almost $20. my pockets couldn’t handle that price. So I began to explore other oils and I hit the jackpot.  Avocado oil is one of three penetrating oils –olive and coconut are the other two–and it is by far my favorite. It is has the ability to lock in moisture and  absorb into the hair shaft, without leaving a greasy residue.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is my other favorite penetrating oil. It is the only product I use to pre-poo.  When I skipped pre-pooing for a couple of months, there was a distinctive difference.  It is superior at preventing protein loss and damage during the wash process. It is also a great antihumectant. If I straighten my hair and notice some frizz, I use coconut oil when pin-curling or wrapping my hair at night. The next day, the frizzies are magically gone.

3. Qhemet Biologics Detangling Ghee

If you haven’t noticed, I have thick, dense hair with 80% shrinkage. For a long time, I would marvel at other naturals who could easily whip their old twistout into a new style.  I, on the other hand, would fight with my hair, or simply wash so that I could start from scratch. Enter, stage left…Qhemet Biologics Detangling Ghee.  I finally purchased it two months ago and I’m kicking myself for not buying it earlier in my journey. I’ve known about it for years now, but I didn’t want to fork up  $18. But I’ve come to a point in my hair journey where I’m willing to pay for quality.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Vinegars, in general, should be in everyone’s pantry.  If you google “Vinegar”, you can find about 25 ways to use it.  Now, you have the 26th way.  Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a great ph balancer that everyone should consider.  ACV rinses not only cleanse the hair, but they also seal the hair shaft and impart shine.    I often ACV rinse my scalp when it starts to itch, or make it the last step of my wash (if necessary). For a long time, it was the only other ingredient in my bentonite clay mixes. (Don’t worry, I’m getting to bentonite clay…)

5. Aloe Vera Juice

My husband started drinking aloe vera and pomegranate juice since it is inflammatory. It was in our fridge, so I figured why not?  My aloe vera juice spritzer is now a staple for me!  Not only is it a great daily, moisturizing refresher, but it is also a great detangler.  To pump up the detangling capabilities, I spritz it prior to using my detangling ghee and the tangles melt away!  I’ve even tried hair milks that contain aloe vera juice as the second ingredient and they are, by far, the most moisturizing.   I’ve recently added it to my bentonite clay mix and it makes it more moisturizing, as well. Speaking of bentonite clay…

6. Bentonite Clay

A few months into my hair journey, I discovered bentonite clay.  When I heard that it would slightly loosen my curl pattern to ease detangling, I headed straight to my local health food store.  This product, by far, has made the biggest difference in my hair regimen. Not only does it ease detangling, but it also clarifies the hair and scalp and imparts shine.  If I want a really nice twistout, I always precede with a bentonite clay treatment.

So, there you have it. Six products that have rocked my world.  You will notice that most of them are raw products. You can buy them at your local health food store or look for them in the ingredient list of commercial products.  You can even tweak your “not-so-great” products by mixing them into the jar or bottle.
What products have rocked your world?



Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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  1. coconut Oil is my favorite right now. I use it as a hot oil treatment before I wash my hair and mix that along w/jojoba oil, grape seed oil as a sealer. Also Kinky curly knot today and curling custard are my standard hair products.

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  2. I would really like to go Natural..but i have nö idea where to Start *totally off topic but please help*

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    • Just start by stretching your relaxer and slowly cutting off your relaxed ends. Or u could just big chop and start fresh. It’s really up 2 u, but whatever u chose just make sure ur hair has plenty of moisture. Some good product lines to try are Jane Carter Solutions, Shea Moisture. There both mostly natural and they smell awesome. u can get them at Walmart, walgreens, cvs, and target. Hope this helps and good luck! 🙂

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  3. I would really like to go Natural..but i have nö idea where to start! *totally off topic but please help* 🙂

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    • Oh kinky curly is also a good product line but it cost a bit more then the others. It can also be found at target. Also protective styles like roller set, flat twist, cornrows, braid outs, twist outs and two strand twist will be your best friend in terms of styles, keeping your hair moist, and keeping your hair detangled. Also keep a wide tooth comb or a shower comb handy for combing and detangling. Once again good luck! 🙂

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  4. Jamaican black castor oil ! I blend it into my hair spritz with olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera gel and water. My curls pop and my hair immediately detangles after I wash it. I also mix it in my shea butter mix it makes my hair so soft, and it stays soft for days.

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    • I’ve always wanted to try JBCO. I currently use castor oil, but I’m going to have to give it a try.

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  5. After transitioning for 9 months and 2 months being natural I discovered Shea butter and finally realized what the hype was over. The product that changed my life though was Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed moisturizing conditioner. I use it as a deep conditioner and I honestly have not searched for another one since I started using it months and I don’t see myself searching anytime soon.

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    • I LOVE shea butter and shea-based products. It is my go to sealant for my ends. I have heard great things about Darcy Botanicals but have yet to try their products.

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  6. This sounds like me when I first went natural! I like to spritz my hair with aloe and water.

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    • I love love love aloe and water. Life-changing. Earth shattering. Just amazing.

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